As a landlord,there are several mandatory signs you will need to put up to ensure the safety of your tenants and other people too. These will help you in legal issues should there ever be an accident when one of the tenants are staying in your property. Lack of signs can sometimes make you as the landlord the culprit. It is therefore important to at least find out what the most basic signs are and put the mandatory signs up at least. Some of these could include
Adequate Fire Exit Signs
Always ensure there are adequate fire exit signs. Fire exit signs should be placed above alternate yet nearest entrance and exit ways to warn tenants of where there should run to should there be a fire. It is always better to be safe than to be sorry.
The fire exit sign should be in bright colours like red so it can be easily spotted. Landlords of premises who lease their property out for commercial purposes should ensure the businessman in the said property puts up the signs in the right places. If not,should there be an incident,the landlord is just as much to blame as the business manager.
Signs on the Generators or Hazardous Areas
Any area where the generator lies or where the main switch board or electrical circuit is should be marked well. Passersby and guests should both be aware that these areas are high voltage areas. They should be aware that standing close to these areas is not the safest option. Furthermore,during natural incidents like earthquakes,these signs help people avoid these areas.
Signs on Bathroom Areas
If you are a landlord of commercial premises,always ensure there are signs on the bathroom doors or signs pointing out to where they are. Absence of these signs can confuse the people around. These signs should not always include the direction to the bathroom or gender description but also warnings like ‘wet floor’,’walk with care’ and so on.
Signs near the elevator
If there is an elevator or escalator in the premises,adequate signs should be placed to warn people of how to use the equipment with care. For an escalator,warning signs regarding being alert before stepping onto the escalator should be put up. For elevators,signs indicating what to do if the lift gets stuck and so on should be put up. There should also be signs indicating where the elevator is and which floors they are meant to be used for.
Signs towards staircase
There should always be signs placed near the staircase. Themandatory signsshould include the floor number. Signs should be placed on every floor pointing toward the staircase or indicating ‘staircase’. Absence of these basic signs confuses tenants or newcomers.
These are some of the most basic signs. You can always check with your local authorities as to what others should be put up based on the location of your property and local laws.